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Vital Ground Areas of Conservation

Vital Ground’s efforts since 1990 have resulted in the protection and enhancement of 683,000 acres of land. The primary focus is on preserving remaining grizzly bear habitats in western North America, extending from Yellowstone to Canada. Through the One Landscape Initiative, Vital Ground safeguards privately owned lands that connect the area’s wilderness areas.

Vital Ground’s Mission

Vital Ground works in the northern Rocky Mountains to conserve land for grizzly bears and other wildlife. As a land trust, their focus on private lands that connect larger wild strongholds, building lifelines for grizzlies and all things wild.


The Vital Ground Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization and an accredited land trust.

Vital Ground’s objective is to safeguard and revive the grizzly bear populations of North America for future generations. Vital Ground aims to achieve this by preserving wildlife habitats and promoting programs that minimize conflicts between bears and humans.

Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, and operating across the Northern Rocky Mountains and Inland Northwest regions, Vital Ground aspires to establish a permanently interconnected terrain that guarantees the sustained existence of grizzly bears and other native species inhabiting the area. By linking public wilderness regions with safeguarded privately-owned lands, Vital Ground stands out as the sole land trust dedicated to conserving large landscapes for the betterment of grizzly bears, other wildlife, and communities.

Vital Ground Projects

The conservation initiatives of Vital Ground safeguard crucial habitat regions that link the wilderness strongholds of the Northern Rockies, ranging from Greater Yellowstone to Canada.

Grizzly Bear on the Road

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